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To the Editor: Big agriculture corporations rule the day
So what’s the problem? If you do not believe in pollution and degraded health, the mega-dairy seminar put on by the Jo Daviess County League of Women Voters would have been extremely educational. You would learn that by dissecting the acronym for CAFO and the nonexistent dictionary definition of “mega dairy,” one shouldn’t try to wrap one’s brain around the “scale” issue. It could become too complicated when you start talking animal units.
And then that “The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations by the Union of Concerned Scientists” and the study from the PEW Commission … do you know who those guys are? They were only talking about beef, swine and poultry pollution, anyway. Dairy pollution must be “different.” And don’t get me going about that “Precautionary Moratorium on New Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations” by the American Public Health Association, Canadian Medical Association, and the Michigan State Medical Society. That was so in 2002 and 2003.
Who cares how smart these doctors and scientists are? The IDOA just ignores those types, anyway. Those types are just jealous of those Dutch businessmen and how successful they are … and dairy market takeovers only happen because the Dutch businessmen produce superior milk compared to “local” dairymen. Boy, did I learn a bunch.
And this was worth the $15 registration fee. Warren Goetsch was honest enough to say that the LMFA [Livestock Management Facilities Act] is obsolete—not wanting to make fun of Ron Lawfer sitting front and center. Warren also admitted that the manure storage wouldn’t leak for 10, maybe 20 years, unless a crack formed. Living in a karst region, this really cracked me up. Saturday, June 11, 2011. It was a swell day.
RockfordFrom the June 29-July 5, 2011 issue